Tuesday, May 17, the Moroccan government decided to cancel the PCR test condition for entry into Moroccan territory. An announcement that raised many questions among people wishing to visit the country. What are the entry requirements now? What about unvaccinated people?
The decision to cancel the PCR test came into effect upon publication of this press release, yesterday Tuesday. It was taken on the basis of the legal provisions relating to the management of the state of health emergency and taking into consideration the improvement of the epidemiological situation in our country, specifies the Moroccan government in its note.
Without giving any further explanation, this announcement left Moroccans residing abroad as well as foreign tourists in the dark, asking many questions about the conditions of entry into Moroccan territory, as well as people who do not are not vaccinated.
Contacted by MoroccoLatestNews UK, Dr Said Afif, member of the Anti-Covid-19 Vaccination Scientific Committee, gave more clarification on the cancellation of the PCR test, saying that it was effective only for people who hold a vaccination pass.
“The conditions for entering Moroccan territory are the same by air and by sea, that is to say that people who have a vaccination pass do not need a valid PCR test of less than 48 hours while people who do not have a vaccination pass must have a PCR test”he specifies, affirming that these are indeed people who have completed their vaccination schedule or who have carried out a dose in the previous 4 months.
According to Dr Afif, this decision comes to “to facilitate access to vaccinated Moroccans wishing to return for a business trip, for example, and who do not have time to go and carry out a PCR test, but also for large families whose cost of the PCR test could well be higher to that of a plane ticket”.
“It’s a good thing that we can have the same conditions for re-entry by sea as by air”he continues, adding that the improvement of the epidemiological situation in Morocco was also an important factor in making this decision.
“The epidemiological situation in Morocco is now stable, we spent Ramadan and the Tarawihs prayers without any problem when there were a lot of people, the same goes for the Aid prayer and the reopening of the stadiums for Moroccan fans and we didn’t have an outbreak, which is very positive,” he specifies.
Ultimately, the expert is delighted with this decision and believes that it will also facilitate the recovery of tourism in Morocco, a sector devastated by two years of pandemic, specifying that Morocco was “penalized compared to other countries like Turkey”.
Indeed, the government was under pressure from tourism industry professionals to save the season. It is therefore a relief for tourism stakeholders, as expressed by Lahcen Zelmat in a statement to AFP.
” We are very happy. It is a decision that should have been taken before but the main thing is that it is done.said the president of the National Federation of the hotel industry (FNIH).
“This will encourage Moroccans residing abroad, who return to the country for the summer holidays, as well as foreign tourists”he welcomed.
As a reminder, the reopening of Moroccan airspace on February 7 was subject to restrictions: a valid vaccination pass and a negative PCR test less than 48 hours before boarding.
Upon arrival at airports, travelers were additionally subjected to an antigen test and PCR tests were randomly carried out on passengers. Measures judged “too restrictive” by tour operators and hoteliers.